Johan Santana to have MRI on his back

The Mets said after Monday’s game that Johan Santana will have an MRI on his back, though he is still on schedule to start Thursday.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Monday morning I said I expected Johan to make one more start (this Thursday) and that’s it. I figured, with the off day one week from today, they could drop back to five guys for the week, skip Johan and then replace him with Jenrry Mejia the next time through (as it will be after September 1). However, I wonder if this MRI will lead to yet another season-ending trip to the DL for Santana, who can then be immediately replaced in the rotation by Mejia before September.

Aug. 20, 5:03 pm: Collins said earlier today, while Santana’s shoulder is healthy, he is experiencing a stiff back and lingering issues associated with the ankle injury that landed him on the disabled list earlier this season.

According to Collins, Santana will be on strict pitch count of less than 100.

GM Sandy Alderson later said Santana could be shut down after rosters expand Sept. 1, at which point the team might revert back to a five-man rotation.

“We think Johan is good for another start or two minimum,” Alderson explained.

Aug. 20, 3:33 pm: Santana made his scheduled bullpen session earlier today at Citi Field.

This weekend, it was reported that Terry Collins, Dan Warthen and Sandy Alderson would discuss today what to do with Santana the remainder of the season.

In 10 starts since his no-hitter, Santana is 3-7 with an 8.27 ERA.